South Korean carmaker Hyundai is disrupting the electric vehicle market with its brilliant Ioniq 5.
Hyundai’s Ioniq 5 delivers on styling, quality and driver appeal. Hyundai has already proven to be a technology leader in the electric vehicle space and the Ioniq 5 takes it even step further with impressive specs.
The Ioniq 5 is Hyundai’s first vehicle to be built on a dedicated electric drivetrain – the e-GMP, short for electric Global Modular Platform. This means the vehicle is designed from the ground up with an electric drivetrain in mind, positioning the battery pack under the floor.
It’s the first Hyundai to offer an integrated rooftop solar panel that can directly power the car as well as cameras instead of exterior mirrors.
Tech is at the forefront of the new Ioniq 5.
A large panoramic glass roof can be optioned with a solar panel that can feed 210Wh of electricity into the battery each hour, enough for around 1300km of driving over a year – provided the car gets plenty of sunlight.
The windscreen can be turned into an augmented reality display that transposes images and warnings across the outside view the driver is looking at.
Bluelink smartphone connectivity allows the car’s status and charging to be monitored remotely as well as cloud management of driver preferences such as seat position and radio settings.
The Ioniq 5 is incredibly popular in its South Korean home market.
The Ioniq 5 will shake up Australia’s emerging EV market. It’s set to land in Australia later this year priced around the $70,000 mark, more affordable than the Tesla 3.
Its new e-GMP all-electric underpinnings allow for versatile cabin arrangements. A small front trunk adds between 24 and 57 litres to the 531-litres of boot space.
Batteries line the flat floor while compact electric motors – one at the rear for two-wheel-drive versions and another up front for all-wheel-drive models – take up minimal space.
With the ability to travel up to 480km between charges, the new mid-sized SUV can use its concealed lithium-ion battery pack to power a campsite, worksite or recharge an e-bike.
The Ioniq 5 will accept up to 350kW of electricity when charging, which is enough to add 100km of range in five minutes. A charge from 10 per cent battery capacity to 80 per cent is claimed to take 18 minutes when connected to those ultra-rapid chargers.
Key to its fast charging is an 800V electrical architecture – double that of most EVs – and the ability to transform a 400V connection into 800V.
The Ioniq 5 has abundant interior space due to its class-leading 3000mm wheelbase. It’s exceptionally roomy with more passenger space than larger SUVs.
The cabin has been thoroughly revised, with an emphasis on environmentally-friendly materials including eco-processed leather and bio-paint.
A universal island can slide back and forward 140mm, allowing those in the rear access to the wireless charging pad and creating a walk-through between the two front seats.
The driver-focused cabin includes a digital instrument cluster that can be tailored with images and notes virtually pinned to a customisable section alongside information such as the vehicle speed.
The Ioniq 5 marks an environmental shift for the Korean automotive giant.
Previously an individual model, Ioniq is now Hyundai’s EV sub-brand that will spawn a family of vehicles built on their new electric architecture. Sister brands Genesis and Kia will use the same platform.
Hyundai plans to sell at least 12 different EV models by 2025 to help drive a more sustainable society.
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